Wedge Brewing Company – Asheville, NC The first time I visited Wedge Brewing was during an Asheville brewery tour with the Carolina Brewmasters home brew club. I still have dreams about the dopplebock I had that day. It was November 2011 and I had just brewed my first beer – an Irish Red infuse with…… Continue Reading
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Braised Short Ribs Sliders with Beer Caramelized Onion Horseradish Sauce Hello October. I get really excited this time of year. The leaves are starting to turn, the air is crisp enough at night to sit outside with a fire going in the pit, we can escape the sweltering southern heat and…… Continue Reading
Honey Roasted Grapefruit Wheat Ale and Meyer Lemon Cupcakes
My Honey Roasted Ruby Red Grapefruit Wheat Ale didn’t win the competition, so I consoled myself by using it to make cupcakes.
I mentioned this before, but didn’t really elaborate. I brewed this beer for a competition called Beer and Branding. It was a really cool event where home brewers were matched up with a marketing team. The brewers created a recipe and brewed the beer while the marketing team designed a brand and label to go with it. All the beer had to use a secret ingredient chosen by NoDa Brewing Company’s head brewer.
You guessed it – the secret ingredient was grapefruit. I decided to cut them in half, cover them in honey, and roast them. It was called Groovy Red Ruby and I think it was the best beer I ever brewed. You can even see a little bit of pink from the red grapefruit in the head.
The label was really cool too! My team did an awesome job and created a graphic of my white boxer, Holly, riding a wave on a surfboard. I wish I had a copy to share, but sadly, I don’t.
It didn’t win the competition, but it is an amazing beer that I’m still enjoying and will absolutely brew again. And I might just keep it all for myself. 🙂